Goosebumps: Is the Disney+ Series a Prequel, Sequel, or Reboot?

Justin Long in Goosebumps
Credit: Disney+

Justin Long in Goosebumps
Credit: Disney+

There’s a new Goosebumps series on Disney+, but is it connected to the previous adaptations? Is the Goosebumps Disney+ series a prequel, sequel, or reboot?

Just like the previous films and series, 2023’s Goosebumps is inspired by R.L. Stine’s best-selling book series of the same name. There are a total of 62 books in the original book series.

After the success of the Goosebumps book series, Stine wrote various spin-offs. Over 400 million books have been sold, which makes Goosebumps one of the best-selling book series of all time.

What Is the Goosebumps Disney+ Series About?

As explained in the Disney+ series’ official logline, Goosebumps “follows a group of five high schoolers as they embark on a shadowy and twisted journey to investigate the tragic passing three decades earlier of a teen named Harold Biddle – while also unearthing dark secrets from their parents’ past.”

The characters in the series include Isaiah, a popular football player; Isabella, a smart and shy student; James, the class clown; Margot, an intelligent bookworm; Lucas, a skateboarder; and Nathan Bratt, the new schoolteacher.

The Goosebumps Disney+ series stars Justin Long, Zack Morris, Ana Yi Puig, Miles McKenna, Will Price, Isa Briones, Rachel Harris, and Rob Huebel.

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Is Goosebumps on Disney+ a Prequel, Sequel, or Reboot?

Goosebumps on Disney+
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The Goosebumps Disney+ series is a reboot. The Goosebumps books were first brought to life on-screen in 1995.

The 1995 adaptation was an anthology series, with each episode based on a different Goosebumps book. It aired from 1995 to 1998 and consisted of four seasons and 74 episodes.

Goosebumps then received two film adaptations: 2015’s Goosebumps and its 2019 standalone sequel, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.

The Goosebumps 2023 reboot was developed by Rob Letterman and Nicholas Stoller. Unlike the adaptation from the 90s, the 2023 reboot is not an anthology series.

Justin Long as Nathan Bratt in Goosebumps
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Talking about the reboot, Rob Letterman, who was also the director of the 2015 Goosebumps film, said (via Boston Herald):

“Our approach was we wanted the show to appeal to everyone. We wanted to have adults as well as young teens. We wanted to appeal to deep ‘Goosebumps’ fans from the ’90s as well as people uninitiated with ‘Goosebumps.’
Ultimately, the show is about teenagers going through very relatable, very universal, teenage things. And without giving anything away, their parents are also going through some things.”

The Goosebumps Disney+ series has a total of 10 episodes. The first five episodes will be released on October 13, 2023. New episodes will then be released every Friday until the season finale on November 17, 2023.

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